All-New Bossert Hotel Could Open As Soon As Summer 2013

The Bossert Hotel could begin receiving hotel guests at 98 Montague Street as early as this summer, according to a report from the Architect’s Newpaper—as long as construction remains on schedule. That includes preserving the facade, lobby and reception area, updating the rooms with new design finishes and amenities, and restoring the Marine Roof to a restaurant and lounge.

On January 8, the Board of Standards & Appeals unanimously approved a request for variance to change the Certificate of Occupancy for “transient hotel use, accessory hotel use and commercial use,” officially allowing the building to open its doors as a hotel once again.

David Bistricer and Joseph Chetrit closed on the 103-year-old, 14-story property, for $81 million in November. Since the 1980s, the building had been owned the Jehovah’s Witnesses and used as a community facility. At the time of purchase, Bistricer said the hotel would remain independent and maintain the name of original developer, lumber mogul Louis Bossert.

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  • Weegee

    I hope the grand opening is white-tie and features Freddy Martin!

  • Boerum Bill

    Here’s hoping Björk provides the entertainment for the grand opening!

  • harumph

    that construction schedule seems awfully optimistic – hope it proves true!

  • Eddyenergizer

    As a construction profesional, I assure you all construction schedules are “awfully optimistic” :) However, the Jo-Hoes did take great care of the building so most of the infrastructure is probably pretty sound and needs little work. If they have a good contractor and are mostly doing only cosmetic changes, they could pull it off.

  • Andrew Porter

    As I’ve stated before, the grand ballroom had a plain drop ceiling installed, with recessed lights. Hope the original ceiling is still underneath it. If so, it would make a wonderful restaurant setting.

  • Anon

    @e0d13a7709ec085f13f93710314a12b3:disqus What a crude name-calling but nice thing to say about Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  • Anon

    @e0d13a7709ec085f13f93710314a12b3:disqus, not @arch stanton.